- The conference will include:
- Plenary papers by invited speakers on a specific topic related to the conference and forum.
- Contributed papers that have been approved by the Scientific Committee.
- Posters of selected papers.
- Plenary meeting for finalizing action plan.
- Field visit to Sulaibiya Research Station and revegetation sites in Burgan, gravel quarry sites in Al-leyah, Sabah Al-Ahmad Nature Reserve and Waterfront.
- Current status of climate change, agriculture and biodiversity monitoring in Kuwait and Arab countries: case studies and comparative research.
- Impacts of global, regional and local climate change including land-use changes, land degradation, periodic drought and desertification on agriculture and biodiversity.
- Adaptation and sustainability options, interactions and synergies among global climate change, agriculture and desert biodiversity.
- Future research collaborations and establishment of a regional network on climate change and biodiversity conservation.
- The impact of the global financial crisis on the economy and the ecology of West Asia.
- Conflicts and Environment.
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Conference Field Trips
1-Agriculture Research Station
The Agriculture Research station at the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research was established in 1975. The research station covers a total area of 40 km2, 4 km (east to west) x 10 km (north to south). The station includes an artisan well of medium salinity well with a one-million-gallon reservoir (3000-4000 ppm total dissolved solids), in addition to a livestock research farm, a poultry research farm, the desert animal center, greenhouses, stores, laborer housing and offices.
The main objective of the station is to conduct ecology studies on the flora and fauna of Kuwait, and the optimization of animal grazing activities. It is also intended to make possible the conducting of research activities and studies related to animal production, plant production, rangeland and ecology.
During the last 31 years, several research projects and activities have been completed at the station. These projects have been in the areas of range management, irrigated pasture production, desert animal management and breeding, rehabilitation of degraded lands, sheep production and poultry production. As a result, valuable technical and scientific information on agriculture and wildlife has been obtained that has had a great positive effect on KISR's image on both regional and international levels.
Through the station, KISR has succeeded in conserving and protecting several plants such as; Rhanterium, Helianthemum, Iris, Stipa, Cyperus, Plantago, and Panicum and some desert animals such as the red fox, desert monitor (waral), cream-coloured courser, long-eared hedgehog, jerboa, dhub, sand boa and viper.
2-Urban Demonstration Gardens, Salmiya3- Mariculture and Fisheries Department
The Urban Demonstration Garden (UDG) at the Aridland Agriculture and Greenery Department (AAGD) of the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) was formerly named the Waterfront Site. The site is located in the Hawally Governate, on the waterfront in Salmiya (Shaab Al-Bahri), 10 km away from Kuwait City, and covers a total area of 5.2 ha (0.052 km2). The UDG site was established in 1984, in collaboration with the Kuwait Municipality. During the last two decades, several research projects and activities have been completed at the site. These studies have focused on testing, selecting, monitoring and enriching the plant palette for greenery projects in Kuwait, and maintenance of exotic ornamental plants under the harsh environmental conditions. Over the years, the AAGD has succeeded in identifying the most suitable ornamental trees, shrubs, ground cover and native plants, as well as conserving and protecting some of the native plants that existed at the site. In addition, the AAGD has succeeded in introducing and propagating water plants in Kuwait. Therefore, a wealth of technical information has been collected related to ornamental plants, which will be beneficial to Kuwaiti agricultural companies. Hence, a master plan for the UDG, was prepared to demonstrate several types of garden concepts, in addition to educating and creating public awareness regarding sustainable greenery development practices and recycling technologies for garden waste.
Mariculture and Fisheries Department in KISR is the largest research station in the region for marine species. The majority of research is directed towards developing culture techniques for high value marine fish and shrimp species. The Department has good laboratory facilities for fish pathology, fish nutrition, and water quality analysis. The Department has pilot-scale production facilities for cages (sheltered and open sea type), fish tanks, tidal fish ponds, and a marine fry hatchery with livefood production.
4- Wafra Agricultural Farms
A large area in Wafra was developed for sustainable crop production both in open fields and under greenhouses system. The Wafra area is located in south of Kuwait near the southern border with Saudi Arabia. With the challenge of the harsh and extreme climatic conditions facing the agricultural production in Kuwait, the majority of productive farms in wafra are attempting to provide higher yield and better quality crops. Several types of crops are being cultivated in Wafra, includes: fruits and leafy vegetables, tubers, and onions, beans as well as agronomic and forage crop.
Young Scientist’s Workshop
“Sustainable Agriculture and Biodiversity in Kuwait”
30th Nov 2010 – 2nd Dec 2010
In order to encourage the participation of young professionals and university/school students, it is proposed to organize parallel sessions on various themes of the conference. University/school students, and young scientists are encouraged to submit a one page abstract of their presentation (both oral and poster) which will be evaluated by a special committee. While submitting the abstract, please mention that the abstract is for the “Young Scientists’ workshop”.
Sustainability has become a wide ranging term that can be used in every aspect of life. Natural ecosystem has declined and changes in the balance of the natural cycle had a negative impact on both humans and other living beings. Therefore; KISR has formulated a workshop for Young scientists, “Sustainable Agriculture and Biodiversity in Kuwait” to educate the younger generation in ways of living more sustainably. It will also adjust individual lifestyles that will allow them to conserve natural resources. This workshop will be held from November 30-December2, 2010 addressing young scientists from universities in Kuwait, both private and public. Students and young scientists are encouraged to submit an abstract of their presentation to be evaluated by specialized committee members.
The conference will include:
1- Plenary papers by invited speakers on a specific topic related to the themes of the workshop.
2- Contributed papers that have been approved by the specialized committee
3- Posters of selected papers
4- The workshop exhibition
5- Field visit
6- Final recommendations meeting
1. To Create awareness among young scientists and University students about sustainable agriculture climate change and biodiversity conservation.
2. Bring together young scientists to exchange ideas and share their experience in sustainable agriculture and biodiversity conservation, prepare mitigation activities for Kuwait and Arab countries.
3. Establish a framework for future collaborative activities on climate change, biodiversity and sustainable agricultural development in Kuwait and nearby regions.
4. Train young scientists to develop papers on the different themes of the workshop.
The workshop will be three days starting from November 30, to December 2, 2010.
1. Climate change
2. Sustainable Agriculture
3. Biodiversity& Agriculture
4. Biodiversity and Conservation
1. Oral Presentation
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Workshop Committee Members:-
- Ms. Laila Al-Mulla, Chairperson
- Ms. Sara Al-Dossary, Co-Chairperson
- Mr. Adnan Al-Alawi, Reporter
- Ms. Mariam Al-Bahouh, Member
- Ms. Tahani Al-Mutairi, Member
- Ms. Faten Khalil, Member
- Ms. Sarah Al-Jutaili, Member
- Ms. Ohoud Al-Ragam, Member
- Mr. Adnan Al-Alawi, Member
- Ms. Tahani Al-Mutairi, Member
CLIMATE CHANGE YOUTH CONFERENCE
The Climate Change Youth Conference aims to providing young people with a fun and interactive forum to learn more about climate change, its causes, affects and what can be done to tackle it. The conference will be hosted jointly by Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research and the British Council’s International Climate Champions and will be aimed at a young audience. The conference will have presentations, workshops and competitions that will all help the participants to understand Climate Change issues and encourage them to develop ideas.